Duncan McClellan, Glass Artist
Duncan McClellan’s fascination with glass began at age five, when he visited a glass factory in West Virginia and never forgot the image of the glowing, molten mass being formed by an expert craftsman. After successfully working with leather and clay, he finally had the opportunity to learn to blow glass at a studio in Ybor City, Florida in 1987.
Duncan studied the creation of larger forms with Fred Kahl and John Brekke, who worked at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. He has also been honored as the second American invited to study and work at the ARS Studio in Murano, Italy.
Duncan’s processes enables him to place imagery on the inside and outside (and in some cases both) of his glass vessels. In his one-of-a-kind or series works, images are juxtaposed to articulate a message or idea.
Duncan recently moved from Tampa and now works out of a newly renovated studio and gallery that he designed himself in the Midtown District (2342 Emerson Ave. S.) He made a big investment moving here, and he did so because he feels St Petersburg has outstanding potential with the entrenched arts community and the City’s arts friendly focus.
As Duncan embarks on each new artistic journey, his connection to his work is more deeply felt by those who experience it. Each piece holds a unique place in the artist's life and it is his joy to share with it you.